A double bill of British modern classics. In 'Accident' (1967) two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen's (Dirk Bogarde) house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. Harold Pinter provides the script for Joseph Losey's examination of emotional tumult amongst the dreaming spires. Whilst in 'The Family Way' Hywel Bennett and Hayley Mills play newlyweds living in a small, Lancashire village with the groom's dominating father (John Mills). When they are unable to consummate their marriage, the young bride determines it is her fault - neglecting to consider the bullying behaviour of the father towards her husband.
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The Accident: Following their destructive foray into English class hatreds in "The Servant", director Joseph Losey and screenwriter Harold Pinter turn their attention to the Dons of Oxford. Pinter examines the motivations of several men in a brusque study of love and jealousy centred around one woman. Complex, thought-provoking with every cast member delivering a superb performance, this is a masterly film.
The Family Way: Based on Bill Naughton's warm-hearted play, The Family Way is a thought-provoking exploration of the emotional impact of the Sixties sexual revolution. Hayley Mills stars in her first X-rated film with Hywel Bennett as two sensitive youngsters who fail to consummate their marriage, following the vulgar ribaldry of their typically working class Lancashire wedding. Considered controversial in 1966, The Family Way remains a warm, gentle comedy of manners, morals and manhood.